Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
After going 11 innings on Monday, the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays meet for game two of their series on Tuesday. The Blue Jays are -135 favorites over the Royals with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Kanas City Royals aren’t out of the AL Central race yet but they had been moving in the wrong direction but got the much needed win on Monday. Eric Hosmer had two hits and drove in two runs including the game winner in the bottom of the ninth innings, while Chros Gets and Matt Treanor each had hits and scored runs in the seven hit three run offensive effort. Felipe Paulino allowed just three hits and two earned runs over 6.2 innings to not factor in the decision and Greg Holland and Aaron Crow held down the fort until Joakim Soria came in and pitched two innings for his fourth win of the year. For Tuesday’s game Kansas City looks to go back to back as they start Vin Mazzaro who earlier this year had one of the single worst outings in the history of baseball. Mazzaro has a 22.74 ERA as he has allowed 17 hits and 16 earned runs in 6.1 innings of work this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays bats went silent on Monday and there was only so long their pitchers could keep them in it. Yunel Escobar and Juan Rivera each scored runs as Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill drove them in as the Blue Jays mananged just five hits and two runs on the night. Brandon Morrow had his best stuff as he allowed just two hits and run while striking out five over six innings of work but six pitchers later it was Frank Francisco who loaded the bases and eventually gave up the hit to Homer to get hung with his third loss of the year. For Tuesday’s game Toronto looks to bounce back with Kyle Drabek who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Drabek has allowed 62 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 43 in 63.1 innings of work.
Kansas City is 9-17 in their last 26 overall, 1-4 in their last five game two of a series, and 1-4 in their last five home games. Toronto is 5-2 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 7-4 in their last 11 road games, and 4-1 in Drabek’s last five starts against a team with a losing record. Toronto is 1-5 in their last six games in Kansas City.
This should be bombs away for the hitters as both teams were into the bullpen on Tuesday so a lot will be asked of the starters. I like the over 9.5 runs.